GSA welcomes allies
By Huiling Zhang, Staff Intern
What’s your Hogwarts house? Your zodiac sign? Dogs or Cats? Students scurry around to different points of the room to show their answers. The students now see the people who relate and vice versa. Hesitant after a moment, some students make the first move in engaging in conversation and hopefully making a friend. The Gender and Sexuality Alliance’s first meeting on Sept. 29 emphasized friendship and acceptance.
After introductions of members, officers, and about the club, students had fun with icebreakers to get to know each other better and meet new people. The officers encouraged members to find a friend in GSA club, a club that supports an LGBTQ community that’s easy to access and interact with.
“I knew of it because my friends did,” freshman Avery Evans said. “I heard it was a very great club and that’s how I found out about it. It was a very nice place and I felt safe there and felt like it was going to be good.”
Evans is looking forward to attending future meetings.
“I would say it’s a club where you can help others out and it’s good to get your hours in, you can talk to people that have the same interests as you, and it’s just a great club overall and many people should join,”Evans said.
Senior Ariella Jacobson serves as one of the club’s officers.
“My favorite thing [about GSA] is getting to meet new people who share interests,” Jacobson said. “I want people to know that the club has always been and always will be an activity for similar students to make friends and advocate for themselves.”
Advising the club this year is English teacher Jennifer Pliske.
“I do have a background in school counseling and know how important it is that all students feel like they have a safe place to belong,” Pliske said. “In particular, the LGTBQ community of students needs a safe place with a trusted adult in order to meet and feel like they have a place at our school.”
Pliske agreed to take the position after the founding sponsor, Vaughn Henderson, died last year.
“I felt it was important to step up and be an ally to those students,” Pliske said.
Feeling comfortable and safe is a big priority for GSA.
“GSA is a space that welcomes all,” Jacobson said. “Whether a student is struggling with their identity, or wants a group of friends they can talk with openly about sexuality and identity, GSA welcomes them with open arms. We will also advocate for anyone who is facing discrimination or harassment for their sexuality (or) identity.”
As a result, Jacobson said, confidentiality was established to members in the first meeting by officers, and, in or out of meetings, member names will not be disclosed.
While it is focused on the LGBTQ+ community, GSA is not an exclusive club.
“I think the most important thing to know about GSA is that it’s for everyone, whether somebody identifies as being member of the queer community or as an ally,” Pliske said. “In GSA, we welcome all students regardless of gender identity, expression, sexuality. Come as you are and be a safe place to support each other.”
The club hopes to have a GSA summit later in the year, as was done pre-pandemic.
“All the GSA clubs from all the schools in the county would attend seminars and socialize,” Jacobson said. “We also had seasonal parties and educational presentations, so I’m hoping that stuff will be happening this year.”
Meetings will be held in Room 209 every first and fifth Wednesday of the month.
Posted: Oct 19
IOC partners with SGA for club activities
By Aaliyah Evertz, Staff Intern
The Inter-Organization of Clubs is working with the Student Government Association on a project after its in-person club fair was put on hold.
“We just don’t have enough participation from a lot of the clubs and the students,” IOC president Victoria Franco said. “Now we’re going to work more with SGA and see what we can do with them and what they want us to do.”
COVID-19 has put a damper on almost all school activities this year, and the club fair was no exception.
“Paperwork-wise and participation and the logistics of getting it approved through administration because of COVID and everything is a challenge we’re facing,” Franco said.
Details of the event are to be determined, but it will be similar to the concept of a club fair and will take place over the course of a week. It will still aim to inform mainly freshmen about the extracurriculars at school.
“If we do end up doing something with SGA, more students, especially freshmen, will get to know more about the clubs and want to participate in them,” Franco said.
Posted: April 28
Don’t choose, you lose….credibility
By Alisha Durosier, Opinion Editor
The 78th Golden Globe awards took place March 7, and just as the viewers, many of the attendees tuned in from their homes.
Many deserving nominees such as “The Queen’s Gambit” lead Anya Taylor Joy and “Judas and the Black Messiah” supporting actor Daniel Kuluuya took home trophies that night. However, there were also many award-worthy shows, films and performances that weren’t nominated or acknowledged, and therefore, snubbed.
Over five publications predicted that Michaela Coel’s critically acclaimed drama “I May Destroy You” would be nominated for best miniseries or television film, Coel was also expected to be nominated for best performance by an actress in a miniseries. Yet to critics’ surprise, the limited series did not receive a single nomination.
Spike Lee along with his film “Da 5 Bloods” walked away empty-handed. The movie was expected to be nominated for best drama, and actors Delroy Lindo and the late Chadwick Boseman, were expected to be nominated for best actor and best supporting actor, respectively. Even Lee didn’t secure a best director nomination, contrary to predictions.
Another snub was Lee Isaac Chung’s drama, “Minari,” telling the story of a Korean-American family that aims to live the American dream. The film that centers a family’s search for a comfortable American life was only nominated for best foreign language film because it did not meet the 50 percent English-language threshold for the more prestigious best drama. However, “Babel” (2006), which was nominated and won best drama or “Inglourious Basterds” (2009), which was nominated in that same category, did not meet that threshold either.
These are only a few award-worthy candidates that were snubbed. Golden Globes failed to acknowledge the many award-worthy films, shows and actors, and it truly makes one question the credibility of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Posted: Mar. 10
Sophs can’t fundraise
By Tanner Block, Staff Intern
The sophomore and junior classes will have their hands full fundraising this year during the the novel coronavirus outbreak. As the majority of the people are online, it is difficult to raise for fundraisers.
“There aren’t any events we have concerning sophomores,” Stephen Horton, advisor to the sophomores, said. “(There are) a couple of fundraisers that are in the planning stages.”
The sophomores only have an operating budget of $200 to work with, making it very difficult to organize events .
“Some challenges are making everyone aware of our meetings and having fundraisers since some of us are online and in school,” Horton said.
However, the biggest challenge the sophomores have faced this year is easily the coronavirus. As it continues to spread, more people are going online. Thus, Horton wants to create more engagement with the student body and the events he is planning to hold.
Posted: Dec. 10
Seniors get quotes back.
By Isabella C. Joa, Staff Intern.
The senior class of 2021 has submitted personal quotes to complement senior pictures on this year’s yearbook. While not a tradition, the yearbook staff has decided to incorporate this aspect to compensate seniors after an unusual start to their last year.
“Since 2020 has been such a year, we definitely wanted something that we could look back to,” senior editor-in-chief Bria Kuntz said. “Looking back at my parents’ senior quotes and seeing it’s such a tradition for seniors to have, I really wanted our class to have that, especially since we haven’t had it in four years.”
Since school reopened in 1997, the only class to ever have senior quotes was 2016. For seniors, the addition of the quotes to the yearbook did become a glimpse of normalcy during such an atypical start of a year that devoided them from traditional senior activities. Senior class president, Gianna Gentile, said that due to the pandemic any source of normality has been taken away from seniors and has deprived them from genuine senior experiences.
“To have senior quotes and be one of the first classes to get them back brings some sort of ‘senior-ish’ feeling,” Gentile said. “In our senior year we haven’t really felt like seniors so this kind of made us feel like seniors.”
Posted: Nov. 20
Quill and Scroll seeks to boost journalism
By Eduardo Andrade, Editor-in-Chief
The Quill and Scroll National Honor Society is working to promote student journalism and get classmates more involved in their student publications.
“We try to show people how important journalism is by helping and promoting student publications and showing how journalism can be fun and enriching,” senior Sierra Van Dreason, the club’s president, said.
This year, the club is focused on promoting journalism in the student body. Members of the club contribute to student publications by writing articles and taking pictures for publications like the Beanpicker Yearbook and the Tornado Times Newspaper.
“Journalism… is an important subject that is dying out,” Van Dreason said. “It has become less and less popular among high school students as the years progress.”
COVID-19 has complicated things for all clubs, making communication, outreach, and meeting new prospective members more difficult, and Quill and Scroll is no exception.
“It has been difficult due to the pandemic because we are not able to be in school to make promoting the club easier,” Van Dreason said. “We have created an Instagram account to get more students to be aware of our club and we participated in the club fair.”
The club’s next meeting is on Monday the 16th, anyone can join the club but the Honor Society requires at least some experience with a student publication and to stay in, members must produce some content for one of those publications.
You can find the club on instagram @pbhsquillandscroll and can join their Remind by texting @quills2021 to 81010.
Posted: Nov. 12
Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun, Safely
By Alisha Durosier, Opinion Editor
The CDC advises against traditional halloween festivities this fall, suggesting that participants should seek creative ways to avoid high-risk activities this year.
Contrary to attending large and indoor gatherings and door-to-door trick or treating, which under CDC guidelines are considered high risk. Decorating your home, hosting Halloween themed functions virtually or within your households are low risk and safe alternatives.
It is imperative for those who do choose to participate in customary halloween traditions to take precautions to ensure safety for both treat distributors and trick-or-treaters . Those who plan on distributing treats are recommended to place goodie bags outside of their doors for trick or treaters to grab freely. Trick or treaters are recommended to stay six-feet apart at all times and be equipped with protective gear, such as gloves and a mask, along with handsanitizer. Parents are also to accompany their children when going trick or treating. They are entrusted with the task of making sure their children are taking the proper precautions while staying alert of their surroundings and possible health threats.
Posted: Oct. 29
Disabled and Abled unites while social distancing
Disabled and Abled United is dedicated to educating others about disabilities, advocating for those with disabilities and providing an integrated safe environment for all students.
“We welcome everyone and are all-inclusive,” senior Alina Caro, the club’s president, said. “Our goals are to raise awareness about special needs and be helping hands.”
Since the club cannot have in-person meetings and events, it plans on spreading awareness virtually by sharing inspirational posts of “people with various kinds of abilities,” Caro said.
The club meets on Teams every second and fourth Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. Members are asked to attend at least one meeting every month.
Despite being a newly formed club that now has to recruit members online and missed out on a lot of its plans, “I’m still hopeful (for this school year),” Caro said.
Posted: Oct. 22
New world, new self: Exchange students come back
By Isabella Castellanos Joa, Staff Intern
As senior Delaney Staples was walking down the streets of the beautiful city of Adana, Turkey, she realized how much she was going to miss everything, from the unusual tall apartments in the middle of rural areas to the warm tea sold in the Ozsut Coffee shop.
She had spent one year studying there as an exchange student and was now heading back to Florida after living nine months in a place different both in culture and language. Staples had found herself amazed by the beauty of discovering and learning about new lifestyles, including her new way of living.
“When everything is different, you become someone different,” she said. “This truly broadened my horizons.”
Cultural adaptation, the learning of a new language, and the foundation of new relationships have all been part of the complex but life-changing experience students Staples, Keily Delgado and Nevaeh Cabrera went through as international exchange students last year.
All located in different parts of the map, these students had to deal with all of the adversities international traveling brings, including adapting to the cultural shock.
“Personally, at first, I had problems assimilating the culture,” Staples said. “But I kind of pushed myself to approach anyone, despite looks.”
For Delgado, who was in Japan, understanding the culture was a different story.
“In Japan, they have very different cultures and customs,” she said. “But the fact that Japanese people have pride in sharing their culture and don’t mind others embracing it, made my transition smoother.”
Being able to adapt to distinct cultures and lifestyles requires the ability to communicate with others. Students had a variety of previous knowledge about the language of these countries.
“Turns out, I knew a lot less than I thought,” Delgado said. “I was scared I wouldn’t learn the language and wouldn’t be able to make any friends.”
Staples had a similar fear.
“Because of the language barrier, I was scared I wouldn’t be able to manage school work,” Staples said.
For Cabrera, who went to Finland, one thing stood out to her the most during her academic experience.
“As difficult as it may have been, teachers were always there to help you,” she said. “They would schedule personal meetings for you to do the work with them.”
And despite every inch of difficulty in their experiences, all students shared the same thought in regards to their voyage in The Rotary Youth Exchange program: “It’s all worth it.”
“There is so much to learn out there!” Staples said. “This experience helped me embrace change instead of fearing it.”
In addition to learning about another aspect of the world, travelers also discovered new aspects about themselves.
“I gained a lot of independence during the trip,” Cabrera said. “It changed the way I reacted to things and my priorities.”
Cabrera emphasized the importance of being “thrown into the unknown” to grow as a person.
Unfortunately, this year The Youth Rotary Exchange program won’t be available because of the global pandemic. However, Jeff Williams, magnet coordinator, has seen the value of experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“Most of the students have never been that far away from home, especially for a whole year! and when they come back, they are an entirely new person,” he said. “More importantly, they have a newfound confidence in them.”
Posted: Oct. 21
Clubs face challenges online
By Aaliyah Evertz, Staff Intern
Junior Vicky Franco, president of the Inter-organizational Council, said the hardest thing for school clubs to adjust to currently is working online.
“They’re all trying to reach out, since it’s the beginning of the year, and get people to join their clubs, as many as they can right now,” Franco said. “Especially with everything online and making adjustments in order to make sure their club fully goes through and everything runs smoothly.”
Franco said she is working with other club officials to make the mood more enjoyable for students.
“We’re trying to make the environment more comfortable and make sure everyone can hear us and get feedback and everyone has a chance to speak and ask questions,” Franco said. “I’m thinking of maybe throwing in an icebreaker in the beginning and middle.”
Various school clubs have had their first meetings since the start of the school year, and are ready to overcome the difficulties of working remotely.
“We’re just trying to get through this online thing right now, and the clubs as well,” Franco said.
Posted: Oct. 14
NEHS opens applications for new members
By Keanu Silva, News Editor
The National English Honors Society, a club that focuses in student’s accomplishments in the field of English and overall academic achievements has announced their opening for applications due October 19th.
Applicants interested in entering the club must have completed at least 2 semesters prior to being selected as well as achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted) and a 3.0 unweighted English GPA throughout the $30 membership that must be paid by the submission deadline.
Besides the applicant submission expectations, there are a couple rules/requirements that have to be followed throughout the club membership, the member must attend at least 80% of the after school club meetings, the minimum GPA must be kept in all overall classes, participation in at least one service/fundraising project per year and participation in ‘Book Buddies’ at least once per quarter are the main required activities that have to be done to stay in the club.
All new applicants must submit the membership fee through the E-Store and all requirements done with the application before October 19 to Paula.Rodriguez@browardschools.com to enter the honor club.
Posted: Oct. 8
Florida essay contest promotes Hispanic Heritage Month
By Ashante K. Anderson, Staff Intern
Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis announced an essay contest for students as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The essays are centered around Hispanic individuals. World languages chair Sophie Lerbs said that these kinds of student-involved, cultural events can help the World Languages department reach its goals for the 2020-2021 school year.
“The goal is for students to be able to participate and speak and learn in this difficult environment where they cannot communicate with one another in partners as they would in a classroom,” Lerbs said.
Essays must be received by Sept. 25. See http://floridahispanicheritage.com/ for more information.
Posted: Sept. 29
Exercise your right
By Matthew Shanbom, Editor-in-Chief
The general election is coming up on Nov. 3 and it is important to ensure you are registered to vote. In order to register you must be 16 and a US Citizen but to vote you need to be 18.
- Check your registration status
- Go to https://registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus to check your status.
- Register to vote
- Go to https://registertovoteflorida.gov . You will need a valid Florida drivers license and the last 4 digits of your SSN. You must be 16 to pre register and 18 to register.
- Declare a party
- While not required, Florida is a closed primary state meaning you must be affiliated with a political party to vote in primary elections. While this does not apply to every race in the primaries, it applies to most. You may only vote for candidates of your declared party during a primary.
- Choose a method of voting
- You can either vote in-person at your precinct or request a vote by mail ballot at https://www.browardsoe.org/Voting-Methods/Vote-By-Mail-Voting/Absentee-Ballot-Request-Form in Broward County. Additionally early voting is available at select precincts.
- While registering to vote is nice, actually voting is the most important part. Early voting is open Oct. 19 – Nov. 1 at these sites. Mail in ballots can be mailed or brought to any early voting location for collection. The general election is Nov. 3.
Even if you are not old enough to register, pre register if you are able. Exercise your civic right and stay informed about important races. The deadline to register is Oct. 5. Don’t forget to vote.
Posted: Sept. 21
Humane Society continues to care for animals from a distance
Even while in a pandemic, the Humane Society is dedicated to accomplishing its goals. The club’s purpose is to care for animals that are in need.
“In this club, it is our responsibility to not only raise money but raise awareness for our special furry friends,” Ella Russo, the club’s president, said during the first meeting of the year.
Humane Society partakes in many activities to help animals: fundraising for charities, donating to shelters and volunteering at events. It is even currently planning a virtual pet costume contest for Halloween. The club intends to continue doing all of these and new projects while practicing social distancing.
“With these new circumstances, we plan to still help the animals as much as possible while keeping (ourselves) safe at the same time,” Russo said.
However, the pandemic has caused disruption to the club’s original plans.
“One change we have is that we haven’t been able to hold a fundraiser yet, because of school being virtual,” Russo said.
Despite this setback, the club plans to hold a virtual fundraiser in the near future “in order to still do our part,” said Russo.
“I’m very optimistic for the future once we are able to return face to face,” Russo said.
Posted: Sept. 17
Teacher Assistants not finding much Assisting
By Matthew Shanbom, Editor-in-Chief and Javier Garcia, Sports Editor
With the move to e-learning, the teacher assistant program has been left in a flux. Teachers, teacher’s assistants, (TAs) and the school all want to keep the program going during e-learning so that it is ready for the return to in-person school. As a result of this, TAs have been left with a spectrum of responsibilities.
I, Matthew Shanbom, as a TA have done almost no work as a TA. TAing for computer science teacher Lamberto Roscioli, my main responsibilities have been to occasionally look up code.org lesson guides and see whether they would work online. My main responsibilities would be to assist students with their coding one on one which is not possible on Microsoft Teams. I knew going into this year that a large reason for me TAing was to improve my own coding skills as I had run out of computer science classes at the school. I took this as basically Computer Science IV which would allow me to have more time to code when not performing my TA duties.
Some other responsibilities I would have in class would likely include grading student submissions and tests which is not feasible in an online environment. There is no secure way for me to have access to student work and allow me to take some pressure off the teacher.
Which brings me around to my point, I, Javier Garcia, have done the smallest sliver of work, or ‘Assistance’ TAing for Andrew Shipe.
Though I should mention, I too took Dr. Shipe’s TA mainly to give myself another block with Dr. Shipe who has been my Journalism(Journalistic?) advisor all four years of highschool now. This extra TA period carried a vision of a more lax Newspaper period–especially since I TA a study hall–where I can siphon all questions, debriefs, or simple curiousies to Dr. Shipe and vice versa.
While that option remains, as his TA the only task I am given is to log on, and every class period to maintain/check the Tornado Times Email, Twitter, and keep our product board up to date. These daily rites only take up the first 20 minutes of class, leaving me to my own devices for roughly an hour and a half.
Even though I intended to do a lot more directly involved in the product we (Tornado Times News Staff) there is only so much I, and even Dr. Shipe, can do with the mediums of which we find ourselves in today. He can only send me to do the things I had complete control over to do already, keeping my duties as a TA to the simple and more trivial things. I even loosely imagined periods where I assist Dr. Shipe in some work I have never seen before, or a Journalism chore that usually flies right over my head.
Nonetheless, I make the most out of what I have for now, using my TA period to the fullest of my ability to at least be prepared when there is actually assisting in my Teacher’s Assistant position.
Posted: Sept. 14
Rho Kappa aims to rock the vote
By Eduardo Andrade, Editor in Chief
Rho Kappa, the National Social Studies Honor Society, is having its first meeting on Friday Sept. 11 at 11 a.m. where they will hold officer elections for most positions. They plan on meeting on one Friday per month at 11 a.m.
The first major goal for the club will be their election project, where they will educate students on the importance of getting involved in politics and voting, “especially … in our local government,” said club president and senior Niamh Mulroy.
The club hopes it can make its message just as effective despite not being able to meet in person.
“Obviously in person interaction is always better. I would’ve liked to make some posters to go around the school about the importance of voting and posters detailing each candidate’s platforms. We can still educate people but not to the same level,” said Mulroy.
While the club will be focused on voting and elections for the first few meetings, they intend to broaden their scope and work on other things as the year goes on.
“In the short term, we want to educate people on the upcoming election. In the long term, we want to pass down the tradition of educating people on social studies,” said Mulroy.
To join the club you can get into contact with Mulroy at firstname.lastname@example.org or with the club advisor Michael Lichtenstein at email@example.com. To join Rho Kappa’s Remind, text @rkpbhs to 81010.
“If you’re someone who is a curious human and want to learn more about social studies, join,” said Mulroy.
Posted Sept. 10
IOC announces new meetings, workshops
Following the closure of school in March, clubs were forced to suspend all in-person meetings and move over to virtual meetings using platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Over the summer, IOC worked on a plan to continue running meetings and workshops while school remains virtual.
“Like other clubs and SGA, we’ll have an agenda planned out, new and old business and follow the meeting procedures as if it was a regular one,” IOC President Victoria Franco said.
Unlike last year, IOC meetings will be after school on Microsoft Teams from 3:52 to 4:36. The next workshop is Sept. 10 for presidents and vice presidents. The full calendar of meetings can be found above.
Posted Sept. 8
Key Club reaches out while social distancing
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Key Club is still committed to fulfilling its duties while in the pandemic. The club focuses on helping the community both in and outside of school, through service projects and fundraisers.
“We’ve been brainstorming tons of new ideas and I’ve been working on making them a reality,” senior Estrella Maldonado, the club’s president, said. “We’ve also been teaming up with organizations we usually help out to see how we can continue our service with social distancing.”
The club currently utilizes the Freerice app for members to virtually compete and help donate rice to the UN World Food Program. It also encourages members to write letters to postal workers.
The club plans on participating in virtual Steps for SOS, Kid’s Night Out, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and reading to PBES students.
“I think we’re handling everything very well and planning things effectively,” Maldonado said. “I think we’ll have a very successful year.”
Posted: Sep. 3
First virtual Freshman Invasion hosted
By Emma Parker, Managing Editor
Face-to-face became face-on-screen at this year’s Freshman Invasion. For the Class of 2024, introduction to high school was through Microsoft Teams on Aug. 11.
“The freshmen were trying to make the best out of the situation, but it’s difficult to do that behind a screen, especially when we are trying to make connections with each other,” mentor and junior Sonia Rodriguez said.
In past years, mentors, administrators and freshmen all met in-person at school doing activities and school-wide tours, while getting to know each other and the school much better.
“As an incoming freshman, Freshman Invasion excited me,” sophomore Samantha Mills said. “I was able to calm some of the nerves that I had, going into a big school, where the only experience you have ever seen was from TV and movies. It made me excited for the first day of school.”
This year’s event included introductions with their mentors, getting to know other freshmen, learning about the school, information about what the year is going to look like and a Q&A with mentors and their study hall teacher.
Freshman Invasion helped Mills get excited for the school year, others saw it as an opportunity to get any questions answered before the first day of school.
“Freshman Invasion helped me better understand the layout of the school, as well as meet some of the mentors and ask them any questions I had,” junior Antonio Saladrigas said.
Though the venue changed, Freshman Invasion still allowed for freshmen to get questions answered just like it did for Saladrigas.
Senior Eden Wright described Freshman Invasion as “the place I made my first friend on campus and made me comfortable and confident on the first day of school because I knew where all my classes were and who I could ask if I had any issues.”
Posted: Aug. 24
New club seeks to fix global water crisis
By Sierra Krey, Staff Intern
The Thirst Club began shortly before the coronavirus lockdown with the sole purpose of helping the global water crisis threatening our world.
“Me and a few other students were really moved by a presentation a person from the Thirst project presented to us in our chemistry classes,” treasurer Samyrah Lewis said.
The idea of helping a problem such as the global water crisis raised the question of how a couple of high school students plan to do this.
“We plan to raise $12,000 to build a well in Swaziland for the people who don’t have access to clean, drinkable water,” vice president Keerthana Madhu said.
So far, the club has yet to raise much funds, but it started brainstorming ideas to make the money to meet its goal.
“We have started to come up with some ideas to get the amount we need, $12,000.” said Lewis.
The club had already got the attention of a lot of the science teachers and other students after its first meeting on Feb. 3.
“The idea of building a well for people in some of the conditions I saw on the video made me realize how important our club really is,” said Madhu.
Posted: April 2, 2020
PompaPoets prepare for competition
By Alyssa Jiggetts Staff Intern
Before the coronavirus shutdown, the PompaPoets club were preparing to compete in Florida’s largest youth poetry festival, Louder Than a Bomb.
“The preliminaries begin April 2, and if Pompano Beach continues into the next round, the competition will go on for days after, until the finals,” freshman Olivia Shahoud said.
Students were looking forward to not only performing their poetry but listening and competing with other schools for the win.
“We have six PompaPoets club members attending the competition,” Shahoud said, “but hundreds of students from other schools will also be there to compete.”
The poets met every Wednesday to share and work on their spoken word skills for the competition.
“To prepare for the competition, I have been practicing in the mirror, in our PompaPoets club, and anytime I have time to read over, edit, and recite my poems,” freshman Jasmine Francis said.
This would have been the first time the members of the new club have ever competed.
“Louder Than a Bomb is a really big turning point for our club and our school,” Francis said. “Our school has never had our poetry club compete for an award, and we’re taking on a big responsibility of being the first of our school’s history to compete at Louder Than a Bomb.”
While they had a late start, the contestants worked hard to achieve a win for their school.
“Although we are the underdogs,” freshman Sanam Patel said. “there has been a lot of growth and success in our team. I’m amazed at how far we have come.”
The club also offered open arms to anyone with a passion for poetry to share and improve their work.
“I encourage anyone with a passion for spoken word poetry to consider joining PompaPoets next year,” Shahoud said. “It’s super fun, and you’re definitely not obligated to attend the annual competition.”
Posted March 28, 2020
New club seeks to unite disabled, abled
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Amongst the various clubs that started this new semester, the Disabled and Abled United Club has emerged to make a difference for the disabled community.
Junior Alina Caro, the club’s founder, said the club would positively affect the disabled population “by raising awareness and money, being their friend, being a helping hand and just being there for them.”
The creation of the club was inspired by Caro’s second grade friend, Zane. He has Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Caro became close with him by helping with his classes and homework.
Caro dubbed the club “Zane’s Promise” and said he is the “whole purpose and reason behind why I started this club.”
The club plans to organize fundraisers such as walks and bus loop sales of pins and bracelets to aid the disabled community.
The Disabled and Abled United Club meets every two weeks on Wednesdays from 3:20 p. m. to 4:00 p.m. in the TV Production room.
“If you have a heart for the disabled population and you want to unite both communities, disabled and abled, and you want to be the voice for them, and to discuss real world issues regarding the ADA and the disabled population,” Caro said, “then I think it would be a great club for you to join.”
Posted Feb. 6
Preparing for the SATS
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Posted Jan. 23
Newfound ASL club brings appreciation for deaf culture
By Alyssa Jiggetts, Staff Intern
To kickstart the new year, the American Sign Language Club had its second meeting on Jan. 9. The club was founded by freshman Vandana Skreekumar to expand knowledge on deaf culture and educate students on the language.
“I have a half-brother that’s deaf, and when I heard that an ASL club was created I was very eager to join because I wanted to better communicate and connect with him,” secretary Herbert Ferreira said. “I was very intrigued because not many hearing people care about deaf culture or ASL as a whole and I wanted to change that.”
The club aims to have guest speakers and lessons to learn the language and promote the culture.
“At every meeting, we teach new signs and a little bit of grammar,” Ferreira said. “We also try to incorporate deaf culture, and the more meetings we have, the more in-depth we’ll get.”
Many officers are learning their way through the language along with the members.
“We’re not fluent yet, we are learning as we go along, but we do try to make sure that we’re familiar with the material before we teach at the meetings,” vice president Katelynn Ibarra said. “I see it more as we’re all learning together.”
While the club just started, the members are eager to work their way through their obstacles as a team.
“Since our club is open to any newcomers, it makes it sort of difficult to make sure that everyone is on the same page or at least knows the same signs that we’ve gone over thus far,” Ferreira said. “Some students come to our meetings and don’t even know the alphabet or the numbers, and that’s a problem because they become lost in the conversations that we have.”
Through it all, Ferreira is optimistic about the club and the impact it will leave on students.
“I hope that students in our club become more conscious of the discrimination and ignorance many deaf people have to face every day, but at the same time, appreciate the complex culture and language that is shared between deaf people,” Ferreira said.
Posted: Jan. 16
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By Kayla Gayle, News Editor
Band preps for superiors at MPAs
By Alisha Durosier, Staff Intern
The members of the marching band step and count in line formation along with the sound of a metronome ticking at a selected rate with their instruments to their mouths, while the color guard members practice with their flags. They do this in preparation for the upcoming Music Performance Assessment (MPA).
The MPAs takes place on Oct. 19. The band’s theme, “It’s dangerous outside don’t go alone, take this,” is based on video games, so the band will play music selections from games such as Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, Halo and The Legend of Zelda.
“We are definitely aiming for all superiors,” band director Gianni Bolanos said.
Last year, the marching band earned excellent ratings in the categories of music and visuals, and the percussion was rated superior. These results are steps up from the years before, showing the growth of the marching band.
The band has been preparing for the MPAs since January, and the drum major, band captain, section leaders and other leaders applied for specific positions and were promoted at the end of the last school year.
“I don’t think a lot of people realize the hard work we put in,” senior drum major and four-year band member Sean Durham said.
The band practices together Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 6:00, and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Most rehearsals take place outside on the field or on the senior parking lot.
Because of the physical nature of marching bad, rehearsals include warm-ups and water breaks, like a competitive athletic sport.
“I want our band to always be the best,” band captain Brandon Davis said.
Sectional rehearsals focus more on the music than the visuals. The band is separated into sections of brass, woodwinds, percussion and color guard, all going to their designated places to rehearse.
“I feel there is always a pressure to be good at competitions and that’s why we are practicing,” brass section leader Eric Clayton said.
Sofia Quintero, the leader of the woodwind section said that she wants to give her energy off to the band and motivate those in her section. They know what is expected of them and they are confident in leading their section.
In the color guard section co captains Sharmaine Brown and Shariah Curton are thrilled that the guard is incorporated into the MPA performance.
“We have the will power and we have the support system to be able to do what we want to achieve this year,” Curton said.
Though the color guard is small, they are self assured.
“I want our expectations to be high,” Brown said.
Last year’s good results are inspiring this year’s band to be the first at this school since 2008 to earn all superiors.
“We are trying to make history,” Durham said.
“We have more committed and experienced people this year,” Quintero said,
“I am extremely proud of them,” Clayton said.
Posted: Oct. 17, 2019
Class of ‘23 used democracy
By Matthew Shanbom, Managing Editor
The class of ‘23 held its elections to decide its new class officers. The winners were Adrianna Jacoby as president, Lorelei Bennett as vice president, Keerthana Madhu as secretary and India Miller as treasurer.
While Madhu had no previous leadership experience, she still ran for the job, and won.
“I wanted to take responsibility in high school because I didn’t have an opportunity in middle school,” Madhu said.
Jacoby ran because she wants to interact with the freshman class.
“I have really good people skills,” Jacoby said.
Bennett came into the job with previous leadership experience.
“I was the treasurer at (Pompano Beach Middle), and I was the vice president of NJHS,” Bennett said.
India Miller was not available for comment.
Since the group has not met officially, no large events have been planned but the group hopes to have strong communication of events and multiple fundraisers.
Posted Oct. 10
Jeantinor and Etienne won homecoming queen and king
By Alexis Schatten, Editor-in-Chief
Seniors Meldrina Jeantinor and Hilton Etienne won homecoming queen and king. Both initially ran for homecoming court to get out of their comfort zones and make their senior years memorable.
“I decided to run because it was going to be my first time going to Homecoming and I wanted to break out of my comfort zone and try something new,” Etienne said.
Neither had run for court previously, but they weren’t concerned with this holding them back. Etienne was the only person running for homecoming king, and Jeantinor was confident that she would be able to win queen.
“I think I won because I communicate with everyone in twelfth grade and I form good relationships with everyone that I’ve ever encountered,” Jeantinor said. “People gravitate towards my personality.”
Posted Oct. 3
By Kayla Gayle, News Editor
Posted: Sept. 19
IOC meetings now during school
By Alexis Schatten, Editor-in-Chief
IOC meetings have been rescheduled. In previous years, they have been held after school, but this year they will be held during the school day.
“Many clubs felt like IOC meetings were taking time away from club meetings, so we changed it,” activities director Mr. Cledet said.
IOC is still testing out whether or not meetings during the school day work better, so meetings are subject to change throughout the year.
“Meetings are during sixth period because that seems to be the time where all the officers are free, but if that doesn’t work, we’re going to be looking into changing it,” Cledet said.
Posted: Sept. 12